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PCC Taking Part in Cloud Computing Project

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College has been selected to participate in a virtual computing environment (VCE) project developed by North Carolina State University in partnership with the N.C. Community College System.

VCE is a remote access service hosted by MCNC, a non-profit organization in Research Triangle Park. Through the project, which utilizes cloud computing technology, students and faculty at participating community colleges can request or reserve a computer with a desired set of applications and remotely access it over the Internet.

VCE helps students save money by providing them with online access to advanced software applications. It helps participating colleges reduce the cost of information technology support and hardware for computer labs.

PCC is one of 17 North Carolina community colleges taking part in the VCE project. Participating schools receive training, assistance and VCE capacity to support two courses. The N.C. Community College System Office provides the services through a pre-existing contract with N.C. State.

Training for faculty and project administrators are provided at no cost to the colleges, which are required to complete VCE administrator, faculty and student evaluations in order to provide qualitative feedback on the project.

Colleges must also provide either an enterprise license or sufficient licenses for a limited number of concurrent users for each software application used through the VCE, unless the software is open source.

The VCE Pilot was initially a research and development initiative started in 2008 to explore efficient and effective virtual computing modalities for online access to applications and services. The initiative focused on developing and piloting solutions to address the growing demand for student access to advanced computing application and software services at a lower cost to the colleges and/or students.